Times Staff Writer
GHS Baseball — Staying in the moment. Taking each game pitch-by-pitch.
That was the focus of the Gunnison High School (GHS) junior varsity baseball team this season — an approach which helped them finish the season 8-4.
Things didn’t start the way GHS would have liked. Early on, the team’s record was 2-3. However, they didn’t let that start bring them down — ultimately winning five out of our last six games.
While the coaches and players would have liked to play more than 11 games, they managed to improve each week.
“I would say that only playing 11 games definitely had its downsides,” said head coach Chris Low. “But the guys stayed hungry, worked hard and really developed their game.”
Down the stretch, the Cowboys saw big contributions from Bryce Vincent and Joseph Lozano at the plate. Gabi Marmolejo and Griffin Pederson also stepped up for GHS on the mound and helped carry the team to victories.
“Coach Percival asked our junior varsity team simply to ‘play the game the way it should be played,’” said Low. “They responded and by the end of the year we we're playing the game the right way.”
On Monday, the Cowboys ended their season in dramatic fashion, demolishing Buena Vista 14-0 at home.
After holding the Demons scoreless start the game, GHS’ bats came alive in the bottom of the first. Seven batters came to plate resulting in a 3-0 lead. After scoring on a balk early in the inning, Matt Solanik and Nico Marchitelli both reached base on singles and later came around to score.
The second inning was quiet for both teams. In the bottom third, the Cowboys destroyed Buena Vista’s pitcher. GHS batted around, resulting in eight runs crossing the plate and increasing the team’s lead to 11-0.
The highlight of inning was provided by Joseph Lozano, who doubled to left-center resulting in two runs coming around to score. Lozano scored the final run in the inning on a passed ball, as fans and teammates erupted in cheers.
The Cowboys sealed the victory in the bottom of the fourth inning by scoring three more runs and increasing their lead to 14-0.
The Demons had one more opportunity to cut into the lead in the top of the fifth inning but were unsuccessful. With GHS up by more than 10 runs, the mercy rule was enforced.
The Cowboys finished the season with a 7-1 home record while outscoring opponents 105-57.
GHS HIGHLIGHTS VS. ROARING FORK (MAY 5)
> Gabi Marmolejo and Bryce Vincent singled to start the the first and later came around to score, giving GHS a 2-0 lead.
> Marmolejo singled in the bottom of the second to bring home a run, increasing the Cowboys’ lead to 3-0.
> The Cowboys scored two more runs in the bottom of the second off of throwing errors by the Rams, giving GHS a 5-0 lead.
>Joseph Lozano singled to right-center in the bottom of the second, batting in two more runs.
>Another throwing error by Roaring Fork in the bottom of the third resulted in a 8-0 lead.
>The Rams finally got on board in the top of the fourth, cutting the lead to 8-1.
>The Cowboys scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, defeating Roaring Fork 10-1.
> In the second game against Roaring Fork May 5, GHS defeated the Rams 9-7.
> Spencer Dickey got the win on the mound, while Brant Stickler came in late for the save.
(Brandon Warr can be reached at 970.641.1414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)